St. Patrick’s Day Feelings Identification Activity
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St. Patrick’s Day Feelings Identification Activity

This St. Patrick’s Day Feelings Identification Activity is a fun way to get kids to practice identifying and expressing their feelings. Many times we focus on how kids are doing academically and neglect their social and emotional development.  We assume that social and emotional skills will come automatically.  Unfortunately, identifying and expressing their feelings doesn’t…

Study Skills: Preparing Kids To Ace Any Test
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Study Skills: Preparing Kids To Ace Any Test

We often expect kids to study and pass exams even though no one has taught them how to study. This was true for my own kids. My son was in first grade when he first started taking spelling tests. I would tell him to go study and after twenty minutes, I would give him a practice…

How To Help Kids Overcome Test Anxiety
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How To Help Kids Overcome Test Anxiety

In case you’re not familiar with test anxiety, imagine that you’ve studied and prepared for the big test as much as you possibly could.  Now it’s test day. Your teacher hands you the test and as soon as you see it, your stomach tightens. You draw a blank because nothing on the test looks familiar.  Your…

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Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids With Free Printable

Five year old Isabelle came home from school one day crying her eyes out. Apparently two little girls in her kindergarten class told her she couldn’t sit with them at lunch. This of course hurt her feelings and made her very upset. Unfortunately, stories like Isabelle’s aren’t uncommon. Kids being unkind to one another is a…

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Free Self-Esteem Resources For Kids

Self-esteem is a way of thinking and feeling about yourself. When kids feel good about themselves, they are more likely to experience success in school and in social interactions with peers. Having a healthy self-esteem has many positive benefits.  Kids who love who they are, tend to see themselves in a positive light and believe in…

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Feelings Recognition Christmas Tree Activity

Recently I came across Reading Confetti’s Christmas Alphabet Sticker Tree: Learning Letters and my daughter LOVED the activity.  Since I’m always looking for fun ways to teach her social emotional skills, I decided to modify the activity a bit to teach her about feelings recognition. It also turned into a great activity to get her…

Emoji Feeling Faces: Feelings Recognition

Emoji Feeling Faces: Feelings Recognition

I’m always on the hunt for fun and engaging ways to teach kids about their feelings.  Children experience a wide range of emotions on a daily basis.  They are better able to manage their emotions when they can name and express what they are feeling. The activities and worksheets in this resource are designed to…

How to Raise Kind Kids Who Care About Others

How to Raise Kind Kids Who Care About Others

This article first appeared on This Old Mom. These days we are bombarded with stories of kids bullying each other and doing unkind things to one another.  Then someone like Cody Pines comes along and reminds us that there is still hope for our children.  Cody Pines, a teen from Huntington Beach High School in…

Gender Roles: 5 Phrases We Shouldn’t Tell Little Girls

Gender Roles: 5 Phrases We Shouldn’t Tell Little Girls

When children come into the world, they are immediately  bombarded with stereotypes and biases about gender roles.  Society, the media, and parents all play a role in conveying to children what it means to be a boy and what it means to be a girl. For example, we dress little girls in pink and frills…

5 Effective Ways Parents Can Bully Proof Their Kids

5 Effective Ways Parents Can Bully Proof Their Kids

Bullying in schools is currently a national epidemic. Research findings  suggest  that 19 percent of U.S. elementary students are bullied, and each day 160,000 kids stay home from school because they fear being bullied. It’s no wonder parents are concerned! Every  day parents send their kids off to school there’s a possibility they will be…